Social Science Researcher on Immigration and Refugee Studies

Social Science Researcher on Immigration and Refugee Studies

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), an educational institute/think tank devoted to the study of international migration, seeks to hire an experienced researcher. The position will report to CMS’s Executive Director (ED). The researcher’s responsibilities will be varied, but will include substantial field work in immigrant and refugee communities. CMS hopes to attract an innovative and dynamic researcher who will identify, develop, manage and deliver research projects utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods and project management skills. Responsibilities will include:

  • Structuring and organizing research projects
  • Participating on advisory teams and working with CMS’s partners on collaborative research projects
  • Engaging diverse stakeholders (including UN officials, academics, policymakers, non-governmental agencies, faith-based organizations, and others)
  • Working closely with CMS’s ED, staff and editors of CMS’s two journals, IMR and JMHS.
  • Co-authoring proposals and grants to secure new funding
  • Supporting the delivery of knowledge and the dissemination of work products, including reports, briefs, blogs, presentations, policy briefings, academic conferences, and others.

Required Qualifications:

  • A completed postgraduate degree (PhD preferred) in a relevant social science discipline
  • At least 3-5 years of relevant experience in research applied to social issues, particularly pertaining to migration in the Americas, through working in academia and/or within research organizations
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously, and follow through on issues in a timely manner
  • A track record of organizing and leading research projects, preferably in immigration and refugee communities
  • Experience with leading, managing and working in collaborative teams
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including ability to summarize and synthesize complex information accurately and concisely
  • Proven ability to work with quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Experience in gathering, parsing, and analyzing data, and developing recommendations based on findings
  • Strong proficiency with a statistical package and knowledge and experience with the American Community Survey and other relevant datasets are a plus

Salary is commensurate with experience. CMS offers excellent benefits, including a generous health insurance plan, dental and vision coverage, and a tax-deferred annuity plan. Proficiency in Spanish and other languages preferred.

The position is full-time and based in New York City. Please submit a letter of interest by January 15, 2018, with a resume or curriculum vitae and original writing sample to Daniela Alulema, CMS Administrative Coordinator, at The resume/CV should include a summary of past, current and future research projects, publications, education and employment. Please also indicate your availability, and work and salary requirements.

The position is open until filled and applications are accepted immediately. Due to the high volume of applications, CMS cannot return phone calls about the position, and regrettably, cannot notify all applicants of the status of their applications unless an interview is requested.